We read somewhere that “If you aren’t hurting after a good workout, then obviously you haven’t done something right.” The tense soreness your muscles feel is basically an indicator that you had a great workout. But that doesn’t mean you embrace the pain. Not on our watch. Ahead, we’ve listed five easy remedies that can help cure your post-workout muscles soreness. Check ‘em out…
- 1. Drink lots of water
- 2. Massage your sore muscles
- 3. Take a hot shower
- 4. Try light stretching
- 5. Add protein to your diet
1. Drink lots of water
Dehydration is one of the biggest causes of muscle soreness. It can lead to decrease in blood flow and release of toxins, which in turn can lead to tense, sore muscles, cramps and even spasms. So, increase your water intake and minimise your chances of sore muscles by a great deal. Drink about 8-10 glasses of water a day and keep a water bottle handy while you’re working out.
2. Massage your sore muscles
Massaging your sore spots can help ease your tense muscles. It helps alleviate muscle tension in your body by boosting blood flow. So, take some oil or OTC ointment and gently massage it wherever you feel sore. You can even consult a specialist and try acupressure or deep-tissue massage.
3. Take a hot shower
There is nothing better than a relaxing, hot shower after a nice workout. This not just helps refresh your skin, but also helps relieve your sore muscles - just like heating pads. The hot water in the shower works to lessen the inflammation and pain, while increasing the blood circulation in your body. So, grab a nice body wash like the Love Beauty & Planet Natural Coconut Water & Mimosa Refresh Body Wash and hit the shower for a hot bath after working out. Besides calming your senses and muscles, the natural coconut water, Moroccan mimosa flowers and coconut oil in this clean body wash refreshes, nourishes and hydrates your skin to make it soft and supple.
4. Try light stretching
Stretching before and after working out is always a good idea. And if you feel some soreness after a workout, then make sure to do some light stretches in order to lose some tightness around your muscles. This will keep your body in motion and warm, so that your blood circulation is not hindered and the toxins released by your muscles don’t lead to cramping or tension.
5. Add protein to your diet
One of the best ways to ease up your sore muscles is by introducing protein in your diet. The amino acids in protein work to help repair your muscles after a tough workout. So, eat foods like eggs, chicken, almonds, oats, cottage cheese, milk and broccoli to relieve muscle soreness.